They may only see it from the patient’s perspective and believe that she should do what is right for her if her quality of life has diminished and she now lives a life with little independence (Alters, 2008). She could decide on passive euthanasia, which is forgoing medical treatment that allows her body to naturally die, or she could utilize a physician to administer, or provide her with a lethal amount of drugs that will enable her to commit suicide (Alters, 2008). Either of these decisions for Joni would require assistance, the willingness of another person to help her end her life since she is unable to use her arms or hands due to her paralysis. Therefore, both of these people place their beliefs in the right-to-die, and then they view the body as destroyed by a disease that they perceive as no longer worth living (Humphrey, 2000). Other worldviews do not promise hope or an afterlife. The Christian worldview promises hope in Christ and an eternal dwelling place with God, without suffering and
It frustrates me what Dr. Anna Pou had to go through with the lawsuits of the Memorial Medical Center incident. As Healthcare professionals, being sued for making the rightful decision for the patient and the hospital is unjust. Healthcare professionals like Dr. Pou, have taken the Hippocratic oath, and one of the promises made within that oath is “first, do no harm”. Hospital’s should not be so quick to make such an important decision of pressing charges to their faculty; more trust should be placed in them. In addition, she made it clear her intentions were just to ‘‘help’’ patients ‘‘through their pain,’’ on national television. While her actions might not be seen as the best decision, she made one and did her best to make the rightful one under such poor circumstances that were out of her control.
In healthcare, Utilitarian’s believe in everyone having equal healthcare, or moral proper care regardless of their issues. A few examples of this are smokers who have bad lungs because they smoke receive the same care as non-smokers with bad lungs, or who also receive the same care as a person with a genetic heart disease, or a killer receiving the same care as a non-killer.
A current ethical debate in the world of healthcare is Savior siblings. A savior sibling is a child who is born to be genetically compatible with a sibling that is suffering from a life-threatening disease. The child is born to provide either organ or cell transplant, and/or blood transfusions for the ill sibling. The child is created through in vitro fertilization (IVF), once the embryo goes through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), it helps identify genetic defects within the embryos. This arises many ethic concerns for people, like whether or not savior siblings should be allowed, and how far would one go to save the sick child’s life. Each branch of Philosophy has their own view and opinions, that
It is nearly impossible for the patient to rely on another person to make the best decision that they would have made for themselves, particularly when it involves personal interests such as profiting from a will. If there is something to gain, the family members’ motives seem questionable. If the patient falls ill, then there lies a possibility that their heirs will hope for the patient’s death so that they could receive their inheritance. The inability to confirm whether the family actually has the patient’s best interest in mind supports the argument that any form of euthanasia is unethical. Moreover, health care costs for terminally ill patients, including nursing homes, prescription drugs, and home health care deserves consideration. Some families can not afford to drop everything in order to take on the full time responsibility of their sick loved one. This adds financial stress to the family and can lead to the desire to resolve the issue by forcing the idea of euthanasia on to the loved one. According to Time.com, one in every four Medicare dollars spent goes to the five percent of beneficiaries in the last year of their life. The result of this is often an overwhelming debt for the families of terminally ill patients, with the care of a single patient costing approximately $39,000 exceeding the financial assets for many households. When the patient is uninsured or denied coverage from an insurance company, the family inherits the costs. In cases like these, legalizing euthanasia would present it as a viable solution, and in their distress, the family members may selfishly consider it to alleviate the financial burden the patient may
Physician-assisted suicide is a very controversial topic in today’s society. Physician-assisted suicide is defined as an action performed by the physician at the request of the patient to end the patient’s life with certain medical procedures. The legalization of physician-assisted suicide should not be passed in the United States because it is not morally acceptable in the society, leads to misunderstanding of a physician’s duty and increases mental suffering of both patient’s family and doctor.
As a college student, I am always keeping myself updated with different new university policies because many policies are impacting my college life. Although many policies are impacting me in school, college tuition is the most important to me. The increase of college tuition at U.C and CSU will cause many problems for students. The school administration thinks that is the time to increase student tuition, but students will not benefit from the increase. Therefore, my paper will offer a utilitarian evaluation of the recent CSU and UC increase in tuition, it will show that said policy is unethical from a business and social standpoint.
This case involved Sarah Marie Reidy being a danger to herself and others. Reidy was transported to the Huntington Memorial Hospital Emergency Room (HMH), where she was placed on a WIC 5150 hold.
Throughout history many great philosophers have attempted to unravel the origins of virtues by developing moral theories of their own. This document is designed to provide the reader with an overview of some of the more popular theories concerning morals. Three of the most popular moral theories are… Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Aristotelianism. Though Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Aristotelianism differ in many ways, they also share similar fundamentals.
The moral issue of whether or not Physician Assisted Suicide(PAS) should be allowed has been widely vocalized and debated throughout the world. Physician Assisted Suicide is an important issue because it concerns the fundamental morals of one 's life. There are a variety of opinions readily discussed about this issue. Most standpoints on this topic have to do with freedom. Humans have come to realize that pain and suffering are not how they want to live. Our nation, made by our own founding fathers, was created with the freedom to express ourselves, to be different and to allow us to make our own decisions. I believe that there are some
On 12/11/2015 SO EMT Perez was dispatched to CT-616 regaurding a fall. SO EMT Perez knocked and announced his presence at the door and was verbally invited in by the resident. The resident, a Mrs. Joan Buckalew was lying supine by the side of her bed. Mrs. Joan Buckalew stated that she had slid of the bed and onto the floor and was unable to get up on her own strength. Mrs. Joan Buckalew stated that she was currently seeing Dr.Putamunda at the medical center and also states that it has been a year since her last fall. Mrs. Joan Buckalew dtates that she is not on any blood thinners and that there is no change to her medications. SO EMT Perez checked for hip stabilization in which he noted no physical deformity and full range of motion without
The Dr. Death trials revolve around Dr. Jack Kevorkian (A.K.A Dr. Death) and his unorthodox euthanasia killings. Background information on the accused, Dr. Kevorkian, is he was born in Pontiac, Michigan on May 26, 1928 to strict and religious Armenian parents, Levon and Satenig. Dr. Kevorkian rejected the idea of a God at age 12 and stopped attending church entirely. He graduated in medicine at the University of Michigan in 1952 and received a speciality in pathology soon after. However, in 1952, Dr. Kevorkian’s career took a break when he had to serve 15 months as an Army medical officer in Korea.
Clyde Haberman’s article From Private Ordeal to National Fight: The Case of Terri Schiavo emphasizes social responsibility through a woman’s diagnosis of irreversible brain damage. Terri Schiavo suffered many years because the people around her were still emotionally attached to the memories they had of her. “For 15 years, Terri Schiavo was effectively a slave- slave to an atrophied brain that made her a prisoner in her own body…” (1). Terri Schiavo’s quality of life deteriorated as she spent her last years attached to a feeding tube. Schiavo’s parents and husband had total compelling arguments about what was best for Schiavo because both perspectives saw her differently. Schiavo’s husband, Michael Schiavo, strongly believed his wife wouldn’t
Imagine you are in a situation where you had to choose if someone you loved who was very ill and couldn’t decide for themselves, if they would have to die or stay alive and suffer. Would you be able to choose for them? How a person knowing that they had a disease that is going to kill them soon and went to the doctors and ask them to give them medicine to kill them so they did not have to suffer anymore. Should that doctor be accused for murder for helping that person wanting to end it instead of suffering anymore? In the cases of an euthanasia, a assisted suicide or the case between George and Lennie, killing can be a justifiable act under certain circumstances.
Who chooses death over life? Sometimes we have to make this decision over a loved one when there is no hope for their recovery. It would be incredibly hard to make this life or death decision on another human being and twice as hard when it is someone we love. The author discusses the argument of this controversial topic of sustaining life at any cost or dying peacefully as an ethical issue. An ethicist, a person who specializes in or writes on ethics, can provide valuable discernment with respect to right and wrong motives or actions. Involving a medically trained ethicist to provide family members with some guidance on this very difficult decision can be helpful. In the article, “When living is a Fate Worse than Death”, Christine Mitchell describes a sympathetic, emotional look into the life and death of a family’s little girl.